We finally made it! It’s draft week!
By this time in a few days, the internet will be full of completely useless mock drafts. Like, even more useless than they are now.
But we still have a few days before the draft, so here’s one more look around several mock drafts as we try to figure out which player the Eagles are going to take with their 25th pick on Thursday night. Just a few days before the draft, there’s no consensus yet:
CBS Sports, Ryan Wilson
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida
Here’s what they said: After the 2017 season there were questions about Gardner-Johnson's tackling ability, but he proved he's more than capable in '18, and his coverage ability makes him an attractive option for the Eagles.
My take on Gardner-Johnson: The more I have watched of Gardner-Johnson, the more I like him. He’s a fun player and his versatility should make him really attractive to the Eagles. I’m still not completely sold on the idea of taking a safety in the first round because I think there will be better value to take one with one of those second-round picks. But this guy is in the mix to be a late first-rounder and would immediately have a role with the Eagles as a third safety and a starter next season.
NFL.com, Daniel Jeremiah
Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
Here’s what they said: It would make sense for the Eagles to add a receiver because I don't think DeSean Jackson's a long-term solution and they could lose Nelson Agholor next year, as he's due to hit free agency.
My take on Brown: There are few draft guys I respect more than Jeremiah and it is important to note that he once worked for the Eagles. Brown is an exciting player, no doubt. He’s super fast and the DeSean Jackson comparisons aren’t only fair, they’re unavoidable. I’m not sure how perfect of a slot replacement Brown would be for Agholor, but I do think receiver is an underrated need for the Eagles heading into this draft. Nelly is under contract for one more year and their top backup is Mack Hollins. Even if they don’t take a receiver in Round 1, I’d expect one will come to the Eagles not long after.
NBC Sports Washington, Ben Standig
Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College
Here’s what they said: Left tackle Jason Peters turns 37 in January and battled knee injuries in recent seasons. There are also concerns at guard. The Eagles cannot afford to mess up the investment made in quarterback Carson Wentz.
Lindstrom pushed his way into round one consideration during the pre-draft process to the point some teams 10 picks higher are showing interest.
My take on Lindstrom: I think Lindstrom is firmly in play for the Eagles’ pick. It’s not very sexy to take an interior offensive lineman but the Eagles need depth there and Lindstrom is about as solid as they come. He has played some tackle in college, but projects as an interior lineman at the next level. Still, the Eagles won’t ever turn down versatility.
NFL.com, Chad Reuter
Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
Here’s what they said: Yes, the Eagles traded for Jordan Howard, but he has only one year left on his deal and giving up a 2020 sixth-round pick (conditions could allow it to flex to a fifth) is not exactly the price one would pay for a top difference-maker. Jacobs is a beast of a runner and could take pressure off of Carson Wentz.
My take on Jacobs: Remember when it seemed like everyone was picking Jacobs to go to the Eagles? That has died down but I guess he’s still a possibility. My thought is that there will be a better or similarly-valued player at a more preferred position when the Eagles are on the board at 25, though Jacobs is probably still in play. He’s the only running back that might go in the first round and I’m not convinced he will.
CBS Sports, Pete Prisco
Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
Here’s what they said: He's a power player who would be in the rotation with Fletcher Cox and Malik Jackson. Lawrence might end up as a better pro than college player.
My take on Lawrence: A few months ago, I simply discounted Lawrence as a run-stuffer and not worth a first-round pick. I have softened on that some. I still think his teammate Christian Wilkins or even Notre Dame’s Jerry Tillery would be a better fit in the Eagles’ downhill defensive front, but Lawrence is pretty damn athletic for his size. And for a team that has shown the flexibility to move a defensive end inside for passing downs, Lawrence could be really good on first and second downs. Is it worth taking a two-down lineman in the first round? Maybe not, but Lawrence will probably be a really solid NFL player.
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